Tonir: Not Something that the Copy Machine Needs More of
We met a nice Armenian family who wanted to have us to their village to learn how to make lavash, a special type of flatbread that is eaten with almost every meal here. They have a baking room attached to their small barn with an underground oven called a tonir. The tonir is similar to a tandoor which is used in Indian cooking. In any case, it was special to see how this traditional bread-making process worked. Our host was Rosa, the grandmother of the family who knows all the tricks of this trade. It was special to see how lavash is made, especially because it is a big part of Armenian identity and cherished as daily bread. Here are a few pictures to walk through how the tonir is used and how lavash is made. It was one of our last days in Armenia and was a great end to our time in this hospitable and beautiful country.